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The body of James Henry, 55, was found in a police cell in the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya after he is believed to have committed suicide, the newswire reported.
Mr Henry was arrested over about six weeks ago after he was stopped for violating a curfew on the road between El-Arish and Rafah in North Sinai.
He is understood to have told officials he was a retired officer who was on his way to the Gaza Strip as he was a "historical documentation enthusiast".
He was found at noon on Sunday at Ismailia Awal police station, on the canal that marks the border of Sinai and the rest of Egypt.
Officials told AFP that a US embassy delegation had visited Henry in his cell last week.
His death comes a day after he was told authorities were extending his preventative detention by a further 30 days.
But, in a potentially damaging blow to its economy, Egypt has now been ranked below countries such as Pakistan, Yemen and Chad for "safety and security" in an influential report on tourism by the World Economic Forum.
A lot of people don’t even realize the United States has troops in the Sinai Peninsula, but they do.
you say the u.s.a has a more lenient legal system , maybe you should tell that to the young man that got sentenced to life in prison for being caught with weed for the third time .
i don't think he would agree with you .
This stinks of foul play I think.
I dont know why people insist on going to these places when it's clearly not safe these days.edit on 13-10-2013 by Lady_Tuatha because: (no reason given)